Indian aircraft carrier visits Colombo

ECONOMYNEXT – India, which is known to have opposed Chinese attack submarines calling at Sri Lankan ports, is sending its largest navy ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, to Colombo Thursday on its maiden overseas port call.

She will be accompanied by INS Mysore, a frontline missile destroyer made in India, on a transit visit during a voyage to take part in a fleet review being hosted by the Indian Navy, the Indian High Commission said.

“The visit to Colombo by INS Vikramaditya . . . is a manifestation of the close maritime cooperation and mutual trust between India and Sri Lanka,” the statement said.

“The visit of the ships will provide an opportunity to further deepen the interaction between the two Navies, who undertake a joint exercise, SLINEX, every alternate year.”

The Indian Navy also hosts a number of trainees from Sri Lanka Navy in its professional training institutes.

The ships are transiting from the West Coast of India to the city of Visakhapatnam on the East Coast of India to participate in the International Fleet Review being hosted by the Indian Navy next month.

Naval ships from more than 25 countries, including Sri Lanka, will be participating in this prestigious event, the Indian High Commission said. (Colombo/January 20, 2016)

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